Christmas is a complicated time. From rushing around to buy presents, tidying up the house for guests, preparing as much as you can in advance... Keeping the kids entertained can be a challenge!
Our advice would be 'keep it simple'. Many online articles suggest complicated games and long-winded craft projects. Honestly, one of the best tricks to try is gingerbread biscuits and white icing. We don't need any complicated colours or designs. All you need is an easy dough (that you can even make in advance) and a quick white icing. Kids are often more creative when you give them just a few things to work with.
You can create little gift bags for your friends and neighbours, add holes in the tops of the biscuits before cooking to create tree decorations... Or just eat them yourselves, of course!
Taking pleasure in the simpler things in life, learning new cooking skills, and giving gifts from the heart...That's what Christmas is all about!
1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
2. Sift together the flour, ground ginger, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon and pour into a food processor. Add the butter, then blend until the mix gains a fine and 'sandy' texture. Then, stir in the brown sugar.
3. In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, then add to the food processor. Pulse until the mixture clumps together into a homogenous mix. Tip the dough onto the work surface and knead briefly until smooth. Then, wrap it in cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for a quarter of an hour.
4. Dust the work surface with flour and roll the dough out 0.5cm/¼in thick. Using Christmas cookie cutters, cut out the shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them.
Cesarine Tip: if you want to make them into tree decorations, make a hole in the tops using a skewer before cooking!
5. Bake for around 15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. You can make the icing while the cookies are in the oven.
6. After cooking, leave the cookies to cool for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack. Once they are cooled, you can decorate them with icing.
In a small bowl, beat together the ingredients using a fork. The mixture should be very thick but still runny enough to pour. Scoop the icing into a piping bag with a small opening. It's a good idea to get the kids to practice their designs on some baking paper before they start on the cookies!
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